Malaysia Travel Guide
At the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam—which takes place in January or February, depending on the year—males demonstrate their faith by piercing themselves with hooks, then using them to drag heavy objects for miles outside the city to the Batu caves.
Set on Datai Beach, on Langkawi, VIW emphasizes yoga and mind-body connections. A butterfly garden and outdoor bathing rituals put guests in touch with Mother Nature.
Where: The top of the 500-million-year-old Mount Mat Cincang, Langkawi, Malaysia.
Stats: 2,000 feet above sea level; 410 feet long; curved; less than six feet wide.
Years as agent: 35. Other specialty: Argentina. Fee: From $100.
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Original Debut: Built in 1921 by Chua Cheng Bok, a Chinese immigrant who’d worked himself to riches in the Malaysian tin mines, the Art Deco–style theater had an interior meant to mimic the design of a Roman coliseum, with 828 seats and an overhanging balcony known as the “first
The cable car runs gondolas to the top of Mat Cincang, the island’s second-highest peak.